Let’s break down five common myths about orthodontic treatment.
Myth #1: Adults Can’t Straighten Teeth
You may associate braces with middle school, but we have many adult patients who opt for orthodontic treatment. It’s never too late to straighten teeth and improve your oral health.
Myth #2: Only Metal Braces Can Straighten Teeth
If you think you would feel self-conscious with metal on your teeth, ask our orthodontist about clear Invisalign® braces. Invisalign braces are made of plastic materials and function similarly to traditional braces.
This means that most people won’t even realize that you’re wearing Invisalign unless they’re standing close. Many of our adult patients prefer Invisalign because they’re discreet, which is perfect for the professional world.
Here are 7 things to know before getting Invisalign.
Myth #3: It Will Take Too Long
While it may have taken your neighbor’s kid all of middle and high school to straighten their teeth, that doesn’t mean the same will be true for you.
Remember, it’s never too late to get adult braces. Also, you never know how much time it will take to achieve a beautifully straight smile until you sit down with our orthodontist to discuss treatment. Every patient is different.
If you choose Invisalign, you’ll need to brush after every meal to avoid staining your clear aligners. Whether you get Invisalign or traditional metal braces, our orthodontist will carefully plan and monitor treatment to safely move your teeth.
Myth #4: Braces Only Change Your Appearance
Braces affect so much more than just your appearance (although that’s nice, too). Teeth braces also affect your oral health.
When teeth are crowded, it can be difficult to thoroughly brush and floss. If you neglect flossing altogether, dental plaque builds upon the surface of your teeth. Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that increases your risk for gum disease and tooth decay.
Fortunately, dental braces can straighten your teeth so they are easier to brush and floss.
Myth #5: I Can Safely Straighten My Own Teeth
The most dangerous myth about orthodontics is that you can safely move teeth without the expertise of an orthodontist.
The truth is that using a DIY kit off of the internet could permanently damage your smile. The safest way to move teeth is to see us for treatment. We’ll make sure your teeth are safely moved into optimal alignment so you can smile with confidence.
Call Enhance Family Dentistry Today!
Getting braces is a commitment, but if you’re committed to getting the smile of your dreams, then orthodontic treatment is worth it. Our Ann Arbor orthodontist offers a range of services so you can have a straighter, healthier smile.
For more information, call Enhance Family Dentistry at (734) 821-7676, or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We’d be more than happy to help you achieve your smile goals.